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  1. Banned
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    The word "would" is causing me problems in this passage:

    "Hopefully India with its relationship could help urge the new Iranian leadership -- as well as the old leadership, the supreme leader -- to take advantage of this moment," Kerry told a joint news conference.
    "We would call on the Iranians not to miscalculate about American and international commitment," he said.
    The usage of "would" seems off, since Kerry was not talking about a hypothetical situation. It is also not a reference to a future from the viewpoint of the past, since it is a direct quote from Kerry.

    Does Kerry mean: "we would like to call on the Iranians....."


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